November 29th, 2011
01:19 AM ET

FAA: Small plane crashes in Illinois; 2 believed dead

A small plane with five people on board crashed in Lincolnshire, Illinois, on Monday night, authorities said.

Two people are believed dead, said Elizabeth Isham Corey of the Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman. The others were hospitalized, she said.

The Piper Navajo plane left Jessup, Georgia, and was five miles away from Chicago Executive Air Park when the pilot reported fuel problems, Corey said.

It crashed in the Riverwood neighborhood in Lincolnshire.

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  1. rooney

    It seems like a lot of crashes involve small/private planes. Maybe they need better maintenance practices or more training for the pilots or something. Condolences to all affected by this. Hope the people that were hospitalized will be okay.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. banaasy©

    The plane was transporting a patient coming to Chicago for treatment.
    My sympathy to the families of the victims, and I hope the surcivors will be all right.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    One of the victims was the wife of the patient.
    It crashed into a heavily wooded area.
    Three people died, not two.
    It sounds as if the original patient survived, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Medflight911

    Our condolences go out to the family and friends of those who died in the plane crash. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the crash survivors.

    A number of commenters (here and on the other reports of this tragedy) have questioned the safety of small private planes. It is certainly critical that the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA fully investigate the crash and determine how we can prevent another like it from happening.

    There are a lot of questions that need to be answered – and can only be answered through the NTSB and FAA investigation – before any conclusions are made. All air ambulance service operators are required to abide by strict safety standards. Certainly all of the air ambulance flights from MedFlight911 Air Ambulance do.

    So, let’s pray for those who lost their life in this plane crash and others, and remember that flying in an air ambulance, small plane or large, can be safe.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |